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Five at 5 – Vol. 108

Things get old school as we see tracks by Craig Mack, De La Soul and a A Tribe Called Quest in today’s Five at 5.

21 Jun, 2013

Sameer Ghauri


The Indiecision Five at 5 is your one-click stop to check out great music curated by NH7.in’s editorial staff and users. Original Gangsta Sameer Ghauri keeps it real today with his five at 5.

So I woke up in the morning and I said to myself, “Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta” (albeit, an early ’90s gangsta). This is what I would listen to to keep feeling that way.

1. O.P.P – ‘Naughty By Nature’
This ’90s hit features a sample from the Jackson 5′s ‘ABC’. The song also led to various discussions as to what the last ‘P’ in O.P.P stands for. Listen closely to the lyrics to figure it out.

2. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Can I Kick It’
‘Can I Kick It’ was the third single released from ATCQ’s moster debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm. It features different samples borrowed from artists as diverse as Lou Reed to Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (Wiki it).

3. Gang Starr – ‘Work (Victory)’
Taken from Gang Starr’s fifth album Moment of Truth, this track first got me interested in the use of repetitive sampling in rap/hip-hop.

4. De La Soul – ‘Eye Know’
De La Soul were part of a movement called “The Native Tongues Posse” whose motto was positive minded, good-natured Afrocentric music. They, along with artists like A Tribe Called Quest, pioneered the use of eclectic sampling and jazz inspired beats. All rap music is not angry!

5. Craig Mack – ‘Flava In Ya Ear’
Released in 1994, this was Craig Mack’s big breakthrough, and one that he was never able to replicate again. Fun fact – the remix of this song featured none other than The Notorious B.I.G in what is known as his first “breakthrough” appearance as well as one of the first solos by Busta Rhymes.

Check out previous editions of the Indiecision Five at 5 here.

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